New Delhi, Nov 17: Former captain Sardar Singh and forward Ramandeep were "rested" while experienced defenders Rupinder Pal Singh and Birendra Lakra returned to the Indian squad which was med on Friday for the Hockey World League (HWL) Fil, starting on December 1 in Bhubaneswar.
Sardar, Ramandeep rested for HWL Fil
Hockey India (HI) chairman of selectors, Harbinder Singh, told IANS that their main aim is not only to ensure that the players remain injury-free ahead of 2018, which will see India play four big tourments, but also to give chance to everyone.
"No one has been dropped. Players are getting rest. The squad members have been picked on rotation basis. Next year, we have four major tourments lined up. So keeping players injury-free and fresh is important," Harbinder reasoned.
Next year, India will compete in Commonwealth Games, FIH Champions Trophy, Asian Games and FIH World Cup. IANS